Autistic person translates from her language

"In My Language" is a youtube video in which a non-verbal person with autism "speaks in her own language" — a combination of sounds and visual cues and gestures — and then explains what this all means by means of a text-to-speech program. It's a fascinating and compelling statement from someone who's given the problem of communication a lot of good thought.

The first part is in my "native language The first part is in my "native language," and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.


(via MeFi)